Octobre on Instagram

October was decidedly a month of transition, with autumn settling in Paris and many changes for me at work. Thankfully I managed to put in some fun in the midst of it all, as you could see on my Instagram @ritournelle__ The first Sunday of the month I spent at Musée d’Orsay. The free entrance…

Celebrating grape harvest in Montmartre with Frichti

This year’s Wine Harvest Festival in Montmartre was supposed to end with a bang and a firework at the Sacré Cœur. Alas, it was canceled so I decided to order wine and other goodies to organize an aperitif at home through Frichti, a startup that delivers home-made food and high quality products in the Paris…

Musée Jean-Jacques Henner: a gem near Parc Monceau

Have you ever heard of the French painter Jean-Jacques Henner? I have to confess I had not until the museum dedicated to his work reopened in May. Located in his beautiful mansion a short walk away from Parc Monceau, it invites us to step back into 19th-century Paris in an intimate way, as if we…

The Louvre – A few tips on how to visit the museum

It’s Bastille Day in France and the entrance to the Louvre is exceptionally free to celebrate. Today also marks the reopening of the Islamic Art gallery after this spring’s floods. The Louvre is the subject of popular posts on my blog: the Napoleon III rooms and the Ancient Egypt mummies still figure among my most-read…